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Awakening of a Jehovah's Witness: Escape from the Watchtower Society (2002)

by Diane Wilson

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It rang true with me!, 1 Jan. 2011

This review is from: Awakening of a Jehovah's Witness: Escape from the Watchtower Society (Kindle Edition)
Very interesting read by an ex witness.Written very much from a female perspective, Ms Wilson talks about such issues as depression, coping with teenagers who leave the religion, blood transfusions, the society's equating of rape with fornication (if the victim doesnt scream) and the lack of love in congregation. She goes into detail about the society's 'zigzagging doctrinal changes' and tells how she finally got out from them ( )
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Dedicated to Jeff with gratitude for seeing me through
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"I'm going to kill you! I'm going to kill you!" my mother shrieked, chasing me through the house, waving her torn and tattered fly-swatter furiously.
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This tale of mind control, the use of fear to manipulate vulnerable people, and final escape from a suffocating cult environment is a revealing exposé of a secretive contemporary sect, as well as a true psychological thriller. Diane Wilson spent twenty-five precious years of her life, first becoming indoctrinated by the dogma of the Watchtower Society, and then struggling to free herself from its pervasive, intimidating clutches. In this probing, brutally honest assessment, Wilson describes how a childhood of psychological abuse and lack of self-confidence rendered her vulnerable to the seductive doctrines of the Jehovah's Witnesses.

What she reveals about the goings-on within the closed Watchtower Society will shock the average person who assumes the polite, well-dressed people who pass out leaflets are much like any other conservative religious group. Wilson contends that membership in the Jehovah's Witnesses requires obedience bordering on psychological enslavement and complete suppression of individuality. Her engrossing memoir will be of great interest to former Witnesses, students of cult phenomena, and anyone who has ever had contact with Jehovah's Witnesses.
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